COVID – 19 updates

UPDATE 15

Dear MGC Community,

Remote learning is only one sleep away

During today our staff have been learning and collaborating from their homes, preparing for the start of remote learning tomorrow. It’s certainly a challenge for everyone – teachers and staff, students and families, and we won’t really know what it looks like until we do. We know that for some parents there will be difficulties with having multiple family members sharing the same space and needing supervision, as well as trying to work or study themselves. For some students there will be issues around technology and learning in this new environment. And for all, there is the isolation which makes it harder to connect with our peers. Our staff are facing many of these same challenges and we ask that all members of the school community keep in mind patience, as well as some of our other wellbeing themes of empathy, kindness and resilience during these early stages of remote learning. We’re all in this experiment together.

MGC staff self-isolation video

Thanks to our STEAM Leader, Wendy Keen and IT guru, Anthony Keen our MGC staff have put together a wonderful video encapsulating their past couple of weeks in self isolation. Take a look here!

Changes to lesson times

With remote learning starting tomorrow, we have made the decision to adjust our lesson times. The experience in other schools in both Victoria and overseas that have been doing remote learning is that building in times for breaks and exercise are important to make the school day as productive as possible for students and staff. The key changes are:

  • No Tuesday timetable during remote learning
  • A mini break between Periods 2 and 3
  • A consistent Period 4 for all year levels, finishing at 3.20pm

See below for more information. These lesson time changes are reflected in the Compass schedule for tomorrow onwards.

Staffing Update

Finally, congratulations to Jordan Evans who has been reappointed the Year 8 Assistant Leader. Jordan will continue his excellent work with students in Year 8 alongside the Year 8 Leader, Shaunagh O’Connell.

Brent Houghton
Acting Principal 2020